Nintendo Reveals Approximate Nintendo Switch Online Launch Times

Nintendo Reveals Approximate Nintendo Switch Online Launch Times

Brace yourselves, downtime is coming.

The Nintendo Switch Online subscription service will be kicking into gear later today, on September 18. Thanks to a tweet by the official Nintendo of America Twitter account, we now have an idea of roughly when in the day it'll launch.

As you can see just below, the Nintendo Switch e-Shop will be taken offline at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET later today. It'll then be unavailable for right around three hours (if all goes to plan), and after this period of downtime, the Nintendo Switch Online service will launch.

This means that the downtime for the Switch e-Shop should conclude right around 8 pm PT/11 pm ET. It's then that the subscription service will kick off, and you'll be able to initiate your seven day trial of the new feature, once you've downloaded the new system software update for your Nintendo Switch.

For a complete compilation of everything else we know about the brand new feature for the Nintendo Switch, including a list of all the NES games you'll be able to download at launch, head over to our Nintendo Switch Online guide.

Hirun Cryer

Staff Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

Related articles

Cuphead's Delicious Last Course Pushed Back Until It's Ready

The final sip will need to steep a while longer.

Super Mario Maker Support on Wii U is Coming to an End Next Year

That means it'll also be removed from the eShop soon.

Microsoft Is Working to "Identify and Resolve" Performance Issues in Xbox Series X Games

A Microsoft spokesperson says that developers are "just now scratching the surface" of what the new Xbox consoles can do.

Metro Exodus Is Getting a Next-Gen Version Next Year

4A Games is also working on the next Metro and exploring potential for multiplayer.

You may also like

Sony Promises More PS5 Supply for Holidays After Record-Breaking Launch

Despite the widespread e-commerce woes, the PS5 had the biggest console debut ever.

Marvel's Avengers Has Yet to Make Back Its Development Costs

Square Enix is saying it will continue pushing toward making the game profitable, however.

Baldur's Gate 3's Next Update Will Have Its First Story Changes

Be sure to read the fine print about your saves, though.

Red Dead Online Will Launch as a Separate Game Next Month

It'll be pretty cheap at launch, too.